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Interview with Trenton Thompson of Tech D Records

Aloha friends…A few days ago I made a post about Heart Break feat. Goldillox, my latest remix project to hit the streets.  Here’s the much anticipated full interview with Tech D label boss, Trenton Thompson.

Interview by Kelly Ross | Agent 137

I sat down with Trenton Thompson Owner/Operator/Producer/DJ at Tech D Records aka Aeon Flex to discuss their new release Heart Break EP Feat. Goldillox by Aeon Flex & Shade K, what it means to be a label owner and more.

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Why did you decide to start a label?

I started with a marketing degree, I knew I wanted to be in business but at the time I didn’t go into it fro music related purposes but it seemed like a degree that would make sense. The hands on experience really helped me start the label. Also being a DJ the better part of 20 years,  I realized the market was being flooded by producers. I was submitting tracks but had become sick of the bureaucracy waiting for release dates just to hope that it may get good exposure. At that point I decided to start my own label to speed up the release process myself. I started slow with 3 artists and went on a mass marketing spree, I ordered hundreds of giveaways and just gave them away. We will be 2 years old come January and we now we have 125 people on the label.

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Tell us in layman’s terms what it means to be on a label. What do you do for the artists on Tech D?

It depends on the artist level, we do everything from signing aspiring artists to get a portfolio started, to catapulting established artists on world tours. Some like Noel Sanger and Shade K manage themselves but usually we manage the up and coming with artist development to prevent what I call a “failure to launch”. Developing them in ways they do not know how to do or access.

Do you have any advice for aspiring producers and djs?
If we reject someone’s tune we try to do it with finesse and send out tutorials because some people take it as the end of the world. My advice is don’t be discouraged if you don’t hear back, everyone is busy it may take time. You may have spent all this time on one track but ready to come back with 3-4 more tracks if the first one hits and don’t stop promoting yourself. Build up a portfolio and doing that comes with experience and confidence, just don’t expect a lot of royalties when you are building your résumé.

Let’s talk about the release how did you choose Goldillox for the vocals?

I had already been working with Shade K and Royal Blood but when I first got to Florida I saw Goldillox perform at the Old Firestone. Her stage presence was absolutely jaw dropping and I knew I wanted to work with her immediately. Once we started working with her I realized she didn’t need much development at all and the rest is history.

GOLDILLOX

How did you choose Wes for the remix?

I have been playing Wes’s tracks since I started playing breakbeat and I kept seeing more and more Juice shirts around. I thought it would be a great political musical move to bring him in and do a track with him. There is a reason why he is winning awards, he is versatile and has been building a tremendous status along with people of great stature giving him global support. Even so, he has great humility and doesn’t have a cocky bone in his body. We even met his mom – most people need to realize we are all just people. Usually the ego is all on the DJ side but if this music machine went bankrupt tomorrow it would simply just bring everyone together – again we are all just people here.

What’s your motto?
FAMILY VALUES, we are all one, it’s NOT A competition.

I want to mention that we talked about supporters and family during the interview. Trenton and I both would like to give out a special shout to Adam Butterfield (_040_)  and Angel Dejournett-O’Dell:

Angel & Adam – they know to put on the game face and Tech D is indebted to them, they have definitely helped me grow and mature. All people have a role in this and they are true conduits and are just as important in that role to make connections.

You can find the Heart Break EP Feat. Goldillox (Wes Smith Remix) by Aeon Flex & Shade K here: [Buy it here: Beatport]

Related links: [Tech D Records] [Aeon Flex] [Goldillox] [Wes Smith] [Alekay] [Shade K]

It’s Wes Smith Yo! In Milwaukee, WI for Transistor Rhythm

On Oct 17th I’m headed to Milwaukee for Transistor Rhythm brought to you by Dynamic Groove with support from City Air Milwaukee.  I put together a call with the promoters to shoot the breeze on the Milwaukee music scene, my Magic Fugu stickers and the 411 on what they do with such love and passion.

Interview by Kelly (Agent 137) Ross:

First I met up with Nic Zimmerman, aka Schwilly-Z, Wes Smith fan and birthday boy (ok maybe not a boy, but that’s the term, right?).

Nic Zimmerman

How did you get involved in this particular show? 

I have being dj’ing for about 12 years and I was searching through Soundcloud one day for tunes. I heard Lady Waks show that Wes had done and thought it was awesome. I went digging through his Soundcloud for tracks and heard “Bring Back That Funk” and thought it was a massive tune.

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I started following him Wes from there and when he posted the “Electric Love” GoPro live recording from that show, I thought it was very interesting and such a great idea. With my birthday coming up, I wanted to be able to bring him from Milwaukee somehow and spread the knowledge of what I already knew about him to others. I reached out to Natalie Bush, as I knew that her company produced quality shows and to see if she would want to do a show with him as the feature artist. Natalie obliged, she has thrown shows here, in Orlando and even Detroit in the past and was completely on board to make it happen.

 
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Tell me about the types of shows City Air Milwaukee throws:

They are known for quality talent and bringing people who are not from the area so music lovers get an opportunity to hear those they might not see otherwise. It’s not necessarily genre specific, but they throw decent size parties that’s not a bar but also not super trendy. The dance floor will be packed and depending on the show, breakers with be break dancing at breaks shows and the house heads will be grooving at the house shows.
 
Next up was Natalie Bush, the promoter for the show and owner of City Air Milwaukee:

 

I spoke with Nic and he gave me some background, tell me your thoughts on this show and why you wanted to throw it:

I really want it to be about the show, Wes and good quality dj’s – the main goal is to bring some dj’s that haven’t been in the area in the past. I am really looking forward to the show myself as a breakbeat fan, I enjoy Wes’s style of breaks to the booty side all the way to Adam Freeland and Meat Katie.

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What were your beginnings and how did that lead up to starting your company?

My beginnings started in the Chicago house illegal warehouse days. I brought my flyers and notes to my parents to fight for my right to rave and thinking back on it now, we were nuts to be wandering around on the South side of Chicago to go to these shows, but it was magical and we loved it.

I moved to Raleigh for a bit and then to Denver where I started the Rocky Mountain Roller Girls (derby). From there I started doing shows (rock fest, dance and dj events) at the roller derby events. I was spending more time out and meeting people and that’s where I started developing a love and interest in djing. I retired from roller derby and when I started running a dj event, when I met my now husband, Marc Bush aka Markis (who is also playing at Transistor Rhythm).

Bush Performance

How did you two meet?

I met him at a traffic light at 2 in the morning and fell in love immediately. We were battling red lights and he asked for my number at one. We kept battling and I lost him around a turn but he called and we both pulled over and started shooting the shit on the side of the road. We went to Cancun for his birthday, he played at an after hours which resulted in us moving to Mexico for 7 months. After that we spent 4 years in Lima, Peru. We met a number of promoters, both established and new with poor English and general lack if a sense of business. That was when saw an opportunity and started helping local Peruvians book talent and throw show. We went back to the states and got to know the scene and started up again…

Then one night it began in Detroit at an after party after Movement. We decided to take a further look at expansion to join forces and Chapter of City Air was born. We began to do monthlies at Studio 200 and some in-betweens such as Halloween parties. It’s the only venue in MIL that caters to an EDM forum – house, techno, drum&bass, etc.

MIL- City Air

Tell me more about the breaks scene in MIL:
 
There is generally a place for breaks in MIL and the upside to a smaller niche market is that we can do what we want and we don’t have to play into the market. We can stick to the root and bring real talent not what is considered labeled talent or popular because some buy your likes type dj is being promoted by the masses. We have an awesome sense of community – it is amazing how connected we are…
Studio 200 is a proper 200 person venue and it’s not bright lights a big city nightclub, but it is a dark friendly environment with affordable entry prices where everyone can come as they are and be themselves. We have an awesome sense of community – it is amazing how connected we are… it’s not just what people are doing on the dj side – we all learn and enjoy an experience together.

 

Thank you, Nic and Natalie! The lineup is stacked on this one and I will be there in spirit. I appreciate your time and great conversations. 

 

Related links: [Facebook : Event] [Facebook: Bush Performance Music Group] [Soundcloud : Wes Smith] [Soundcloud : Schwilly-Z] [YouTube : Electric Love GoProLive]

Artist Spotlight: Omega Squad

Who is Omega Squad and how did you became the “Squad” – 

Skandar Rassas and myself (Brian Millar) make up Omega Squad, we met 11 years ago at a house party and became best friends instantly.

Skandar: Brian was into UK hard house back in 2008 when the digital format was coming up. Since he had built a reputation and played guitar in hardcore bands it was hard for him to abandon his brand and the reputation he’d build in the hard house scene where he was already producing hit tracks with Jon Bishop. We started playing parties together, each of us playing our own styles, and after many years of playing & producing events we finally decided to come together as a duo. Now we have spent 3 years as Omega Squad and each of us brings something different to the table. We manage to go all around the world of breakbeat and it works really well.

Omega Squad

How do you choose your DJ sets?

What works for us is variety and a flow that makes sense to the dance floor. In every genre you have the heads but then there are people who are just out to have a good time and not think too much about it. We play for people who don’t necessarily know exactly what they are listening to, but know they really like it. We range from booty to techy to electro to trancey anthems, which has even worked well in Mexico at an all techno party.
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Tell me a little about Wiggle – your bimonthly residency:

We are trying to concentrate on a local event and to bring in quality talent. The focus is exclusively breakbeat which is unique to San Diego. Wes Smith (of Juice Recordings) and myself have lunch every week and discuss the logistics. We have each had a series of events and successes so we all bring experience to the table. We usually have 4 acts per night starting with someone local that deserves the chance and then add guests from out-of-town with Omega Squad and Wes Smith as the residents.  We market to all the different scenes and when it is show time, both the crowd and ourselves get loose and have a good time.

Wiggle

Tell me about the production side of Omega Squad:

Brian is the writer and Skandar sits in on sessions and gives input, then we perform together as a team. We have had 5 releases on both Diablo Loco & Juice Recordings, all of them making it into the Beatport Breaks top 100, and our first original track “Shake” went all the way to #16.

What about breaks production from the production side?

As the entire EDM scene has come up Breaks has gained a much wider audience along with it. The scene is not going anywhere anytime soon, people will always want to go out and have a good a time.

Tell me about your newest release:

“Get It On Up” on Juice Recordings – it’s the one Keith Mackenzie and Wes Smith both played when we were in Miami for Winter Music Conference. We also have releases coming out in July and August.

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Details below:

Get It On Up, the third single from San Diego’s Omega Squad is available now at Beatport!

“The third effort from Omega Squad on the Juice imprint is a fast forward trip into the San Diego based duo’s sonic versatility. “Get It On Up” leads off the breakbeat assault with a booty shaking 808 and set of twisted trap influenced synths. Wes Smith keeps the vibe smooth like butter hitting pancakes after a trip through the Mexican desert with his Short Stack Rebump. Cover art elements delivered with care by Sumo Fish.”

Thank you, Omega Squad – it was a pleasure. Good luck on your latest releases, I look forward to hearing and playing them on a dance floor nearest me soon.  All the <3!

-Agent137ReportingForJuiceRecordings

The It’s Wes Smith Yo! Tour – “Virginia is for Breakbeat Lovers” Edition

Wes is a DMV native and is excited to get back to where the magic fugu all started. On Saturday he will be playing at a three day festival “MAY DAYZ” alongside a super talent area lineup (shouts to my peers – wish I could be there!). The location has changed to the wonderful Cove Campground in Gore VA. If you haven’t been there, it’s a special place and great for a springtime festival.

Wes has been blowing up the circuit on his It’s Wes Smith Yo! tour from India, all over the West and East Coast and even to Russia. Check out the album and his latest Lady Waks mix while riding to the show YO!

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Related links:

[Cove Campground]

All the Love!

-Agent 137

Move Around by B-Phreak + Wes Smith’s Califunkya Remix

B-Phreak returns with another healthy dose of funk filled boom with Move Around.  With his second release on Juice, the original wastes no time getting into the mix with disco stabs, cowbells, and an infectious vocal hook that brings back a few warehouse memories.  Wes Smith drops the Califunkya treatment on the flip with a vocoder backed bassline topped off with a bit of glitch acrobatics.  Available 2015-05-11 from Juice on Beatport and other stores across the planet soon after.

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I Give Up by Wes Smith | Original + Low End Hustler Remix – Out 2/9

On “I Give Up”, Wes Smith gets moody, reaches out to his garage house influences and drops a funky vocal mainfloor driver underpinned by broken beats from the past and future.  Influences from his Burning Man adventures and billings with SoCal deep house selektas like Joe Pea seep through from several angles.  Low End Hustler puts that Juice glitch remix flavor on the flip.

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Rewind by B-Phreak | Original + Wes Smith’s Booty Juice Remix – Available 1/26/2015

On Rewind the always edgy B-Phreak drops a bomb on San Diego’s Juice Camp b/w of Germany.  The title track kicks off chock full of booty bass and thumping kicks before dropping into a swirling break for the rewind and some brain altering kick work topped off by an infections laugh.  On the flip, Wes Smith lays down some 808 action keeping the jokes on a roll for the Booty Juice remix.

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Work It (Wes Smith’s Booty Juice Remix) by OnDaMike & D-reDD | Out Now on Ravesta Records

Droppin’ some next level booty juice vibez on Ravesta Records.  From the label:

Ravesta Records presents “OnDaMiKe & D-reDD Feat BBK” Work It, the Remixes! After this chart topper we landed 2 incredible remixes for this release. First up is Europe’s own Access Denied putting a nasty spin on this remix followed by Wes Smith with his Booty Juice Remix stamp making this 1 release you don’t wanna pass up!

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You Gotta Believe (Wes Smith’s Booty Juice Remix) | Out Now on Diablo Loco Records!

You can’t make this shit up friends…stoked for my latest effort wrapped around one of my fav Electric Soulside gems on Diablo Loco b/w of planet lucha libre:

DIABLO LOCO RECORDS is the new quality label focused on Tech-Funk, Electro-House, Tech-Breaks sound by top artists of the international scene. Inspired by the traditional Mexican wrestling culture and the famous Luchadores the label aim to deliver top class singles, remixes, compilations and design! Things are usually different in the Lucha Libre culture. WES SMITH actually was a Luchador who was active in the 1930s and 1940s better known by the name Tarzan Lopez. He was known as “Tarzan” because of his bodybuilder’s physique, and he made his professional debut in 1934 under the name Carlos Lopez and was soon recruited by trainer Gonzalo Avendano. His won his first title against Salvador Flores in 1936.

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His career ended early when requested a loan from Empressa Mexicana De La Lucha Libre, the owners of EMDLLL refused and an angry Lopez retired from business and never looked back again….but this is the common story….true story is that he was known as “Jugglernort” and he was a buff ex-Luchador disc jockey originating from Mexico.He got thrown in prison for “throwing beats” and he learned from then on how to “spin beats”. He still got a strong suplex he can perform on anyone who crosses his path…..and this is something You Gotta Believe!!!

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Peace & Loveism (Wes Smith’s Sticky Bumps Remix) [Free DL]

Today I’m popping off my It’s Wes Smith Yo Soundcloud jammie…as I have some tasty projects coming up that won’t be released on Juice Recordings.  In the spirit of PLUR., I decided to spread a little Peace & Loveism, to thank all the heads that have snatched up my jams from Juice, and hopefully will enjoy the other bass fuled fun on the way!  This is my rendition of the ever classic rave jam from 1992 by Sonz of a Loop Da Loop Era.  Enjoy!

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